Killer Of Burien Woman Loses Stay Of Execution, Could Die In September
The state Supreme Court has lifted a stay of execution for Cal Coburn Brown, who was convicted of torturing and killing Holly Washa, 22, a Burien woman, in 1991.
He could be executed as early as September for Washa’s murder.
The court unanimously ruled Thursday (July 29) that Brown’s claims that the state’s execution process is unconstitutional was invalid because of a recent change made by the state Department of Corrections.
Brown carjacked Washa, then held her against her will for two days in a SeaTac motel, raping and torturing her before slashing her throat and leaving her body in the trunk of her car.
Brown was scheduled to be put down March 13th at the state Penitentiary at Walla Walla, but Washington State Supreme Court judges voted 5-4 to grant his 11th-hour appeal against the state’s lethal injection system.
If Brown’s execution happens, he will be the first King County prisoner put to death since 1993, with the state of Washington reinstated the death penalty.